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Hundreds of shovel-ready projects can get underway to repair and renew showgrounds across the State thanks to $12.5 million in funding from the NSW Government.

Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey today announced the first tranche of successful projects that would benefit from the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Stimulus Package.

“$12.5 million is being allocated immediately to get 393 projects underway to improve and repair 137 showground sites right across the State this financial year while creating local jobs and supporting the local economy,” Mrs Pavey said.

“A further $12.5 million will be allocated next financial year to keep the ball rolling during the coronavirus economic recovery phase.

“Showgrounds are at the heart of communities right across NSW and are multi-use facilities used by a wide range of groups for a wide range of activities.

“This investment will provide a much-needed boost for communities and their economies by supporting trades and suppliers with work and strengthening showground infrastructure for the future.”

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said these projects will be a big win for communities across the State who rely on their local showgrounds for everything from agricultural shows to sports events and farmers markets.

“Hundreds of repairs and upgrades, including new solar lighting, upgraded equipment and new paving will revive our showgrounds while providing support to local tradies and suppliers,” Mr Stokes said.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the work would quickly create jobs at a critical time.

“At time when more than 200,000 people have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 getting shovel ready projects like these up and running is vital to help keep businesses in business and people employed,” Mr Perrottet said.